What is home automation
Modern day home automation systems are now all-encompassing set-ups that bring all elements of domestic security under one roof. For example, any one integrated home security system can include lighting control, door entry systems, fitted alarm systems, CCTV, multi-room audio and video, window blinds among many other attributes that can also be included – all of which can be controlled from a single touch screen controlling device from wherever you are.Integrating all these aspects of security will undoubtedly make your property much easier to manage from a security point of view. Utilising the benefits of touch screen technology, we are able to enhance your lifestyle through providing you with the platform to carefully select the lighting, climate and alarm settings to suit you best.
We can tailor make a system to best suit your needs.
The other main characteristic of cutting-edge home automation is remote monitoring and access. While a limited amount of one-way remote monitoring has been possible for some time, it’s only since the rise in smartphones and tablets that we’ve had the ability to truly connect to our home networks while we’re away. With the right home automation system, you can use any Internet-connected device to view and control the system itself and any attached devices.
Monitoring apps can provide a wealth of information about your home, from the status of the current moment to a detailed history of what has happened up to now. You can check your security system’s status, whether the lights are on, whether the doors are locked, what the current temperature of your home is and much more. With cameras as part of your home automation system, you can even pull up real-time video feeds and literally see what’s going on in your home while you’re away.
Even simple notifications can be used to perform many important tasks. You can program your system to send you a text message or email whenever your security system registers a potential problem, from severe weather alerts to motion detector warnings to fire alarms. You can also get notified for more mundane events, such as programming your “smart” front door lock to let you know when your child returns home from school.
The real hands-on control comes in when you start interacting with the home automation system from your remote app. In addition to arming and disarming your security system, you can reprogram the scheduling, lock and unlock doors, reset the thermostat and adjust the lights all from your phone, from anywhere in the world. As manufacturers are creating more and more “smart” devices and appliances all the time, the possibilities for home automation are virtually limitless.
One clear advantage of home automation is the unmatched potential for energy savings, and therefore cost savings. Your thermostat is already “smart” in the sense that it uses a temperature threshold to govern the home’s heating and cooling system. In most cases, thermostats can also be programmed with different target temperatures in order to keep energy usage at a minimum during the hours when you’re least likely to benefit from the heating and cooling.
At the most basic level, home automation extends that scheduled programmability to lighting, so that you can suit your energy usage to your usual daily schedule. With more flexible home automation systems, electrical outlets or even individual devices can also be automatically powered down during hours of the day when they’re not needed. As with isolated devices like thermostats and sprinkler systems, the scheduling can be further broken down to distinguish between weekends and even seasons of the year, in some cases.
Set schedules are helpful, but many of us keep different hours from day to day. Energy costs can be even further reduced by programming “macros” into the system and controlling it remotely whenever needed. In other words, you could set up a “coming home” event that turns on lights and heating as you’re driving home after work, for example, and activate it all with one tap on your smartphone. An opposite “leaving home” event could save you from wasting energy on forgotten lights and appliances once you’ve left for the day.
The Benefits of Owning a Home Cinema System
Everyone loves watching a great movie on the big screen, but trips to the cinema can sometimes be few and far between. How do you replicate the feeling of a night out with friends watching the latest blockbuster without actually heading to the theatre? The answer is simple, bring the cinema experience home to you. Now you can get high quality home cinema systems and invite everyone over to watch the biggest films, or even the latest sporting events. There are many advantages that come with owning your own system, so read on to find out some of the big ones.
High quality images
Once you view your favourite movies on a quality home cinema system, you’ll never want to go back to a standard TV again. The screens provide beautiful, sharp images that really bring the action to life, and for the larger, more theatre like experience you can even have a projector installed. These have the same crystal clear images as the HDTVs, and they’re positioned at the back of the room so that you have a viewing area large enough to cover an entire wall. If you want to replicate the cinema experience fully then a projector could be the answer you’re looking for.
A lot of people are under the impression that the images are the most important part of a home cinema system, but equally as important is the sound. Even if you have gorgeous images coming from the screen, poor sound quality can ruin everything. You need to feel immersed in what you’re watching, and that’s why high quality sounds needs to be heard from every corner of the room. Hearing the rumble of cars behind you or bullets flying past as you watch your film can work wonders for making you feel like you’re actually there. Not only that, but you’ll never have the frustration of having your experience interrupted by stranger’s talking or hearing their mobiles ring!
Add your own gadgets
It doesn’t matter how you choose to view your entertainment, a home cinema system will be able to work with your devices flawlessly. From PCs to videogame consoles, Netflix to Blu-ray players, you can carry on doing whatever you prefer but on a bigger screen and with much better sound. At the local cinema you are limited to watching films, but with your own system you can do as you please with all of your own gadgets. It’s clear that there are a huge amount of benefits to owning your own home cinema system, and they can really bring your entertainment to life in ways you never would have thought possible. Having one for yourself doesn’t have to break the bank either, and there are options out there to give you the best viewing experience. If you would like your own home cinema designed, installed and maintained then get in touch with Mayflower International today, as we have all the high quality products and cutting edge design you could ever need.
Keeping it simple.
We don’t add to your confusing technology. On the contrary, we make sure that our installations provide you with a control system that it more simple and effective to use than ever before and designed to your needs. Removing anything that confuses you already and replacing it with easy to use functions and maintain this for you. One easy solution to allow you to control every aspect of your home of office life!